VIDEO: Rescue of injured 74-year-old hiker spins out of control

(AP) — A routine helicopter rescue turned frightening when the basket carrying an injured woman began spinning wildly in the air.

Authorities say a 74-year-old woman had to be rescued by helicopter after getting injured during a hike on a Phoenix mountain.

A Phoenix Fire Department crew responded to reports of an injured hiker on Piestewa Peak around 9 a.m. Tuesday.

Firefighters decided the best course of action was to fly the woman off the mountain and the dramatic rescue was captured on video.

Fire officials say the woman was put in a stretcher-like device that is lifted up from the ground to the helicopter. The video shows the stretcher with the woman spinning rapidly as it nears the helicopter.

She was transported to a trauma center for evaluation.

Authorities have not released the woman’s name or said what injuries she suffered.

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